Learning Day 2019-10-19

Our second learning day for 2019

Our second learning day for 2019 took place on Saturday 19 October at Burley St Mattias’ Church Centre, St Matthias’ Street , LS4 2DZ


Looking After Your Back: A talk by Marie and Bernadette from Leeds Sports Injury and Physiotherapy Clinic Ltd with demonstrations of core-muscle strengthening exercises, and warm-ups to do before starting heavy work.

After the Harvest: A talk about herbal infusions, balms and vinegars with lots of samples to sniff by Donna Cutting from Fork to Fork.

LAF Group Allotment Insurance Scheme: Ken Mulley-Smith told us about about LAF’s group allotment insurance scheme, and why it is very important for allotment associations to be adequately insured. (slides)

Bee Keeping: Alison from the Leeds Beekeepers Association told us about the life cycle of honey bees and why they are so important to allotments. She demonstrated some modern beekeeping equipment.

Fresh Veg 12 Months of the Year: A talk by Joe Foster from Hollin Lane Allotments about harvesting fresh vegetables all round, including the June “hungry gap”. (slides)

Allotments Question Time: Questions from the floor, and answers from our resident “experts”.

Plus Refreshments and Displays

Harrogate Show – Update

Plans for our garden exhibit at the Harrogate Show.

Here is the description of our planned entry which was submitted with our application for the Harrogate Show.

Keen to grow and eat your own produce but only a limited growing space available?

Our border is a combination of healthy and tasty seasonal produce blended alongside pollinator friendly flowers and herbs which can easily be incorporated into your back garden.

We are demonstrating how a small garden space can be a decorative, sustainable and environmentally friendly hideaway but still provide us with a range of late summer fruit and vegetables as part of our year-round harvest.

The border is a blend of vegetables, herbs, annual and perennial flowers; creating a beautiful space where you can grow and eat your own healthy, tasty crops in an environmentally friendly way. We are using companion planting and edible flowers as part of this garden.

A small peaceful space in which to perch among the plants and rest, reflect or meditate – and harvest.

Volunteers for Harrogate Show

Volunteers needed for this years’ Harrogate Flower Show

Leeds Allotments Federation is mounting a display at this years Harrogate Flower Show in the “Curated Spaces” class. It will be a mix of veg and flowers together. We need more volunteers to raise some plants in pots or troughs. We could also use few people to help set up the display earlier in the week, from  Monday the 9th September through Wednesday the 11th. If you can help, please get in touch with Rosie Hall (vicechair@leedsallotmentsfederation.org). 

People who have done this before always say it is great fun, and we usually come away with some top awards.

LAF Recognised

Volunteers in the Community

Phil Gomersall, Publicity Officer for Leeds Allotment Federation received

Lord Mayor presents the certificate to Phil

a certificate, on behalf of the Federation, in recognition of the outstanding contribution that the organisation makes to the citizens and communities of Leeds.

The certificate was presented by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Graham Latty at a Civic Celebration for Small Groups and Charities in Leeds. The event was very well attended and held in the Lord Mayor’s Banqueting Suite in the Civic Hall.


Tom Maynard

Photo: Tom Maynard (L) and Phil (R) in the early days.

Tom Maynard has died, following a decline in his health over the last few years. He will be greatly missed.

Tom was a stalwart of the Leeds Allotments Federation and has been a very active member throughout his time with the Federation. He has held many positions over the years from Treasurer, Secretary, Acting Chair and President. We spent many hours together promoting allotments in the early days with a makeshift stand at many shows and judging Leeds allotments in the Leeds Allotment Competitions. He has put an awful lot into the federation over the years.

Tom’s funeral is on the 29th March 2018, 1.30pm at Christchurch on Armley Ridge Road.

Phil Gomersall